Ever since we have started watching AMC’s Mad Men my husband and I have been falling love with early 60’s fashions. Oscar especially likes Don Draper’s style. It’s a clean, simple, and classic with a twist of sexy- just like my man. When it came time to decide what to wear for his company’s Holiday party picking the Mad Men style was easy. Surprisingly finding a Don Draper Style outfit wasn’t too hard either. Here is how it came together and how you can find your own Mad Men suit:
The Mad Men Suit Jacket: My quick internet research of early 1960’s mens fashion showed me that suit jackets were known for having very narrow lapels. Unlike Roger Sterling who wears wide peak lapels (popular in the 1940’s and appropriate for his age) lapels were usually no more then 3 inches wide. They had small notches and sometime had a rounded rather then sharp point. The other defining suit style were the pockets. They had either square flaps with rounded corners or no pocket flaps at all. Finally the jackets only had two buttons on a single breasted suit.
Tip: If you find a jacket with pockets just tuck them inside and you’ll have the slit pocket look instead. See the photo above.
We really lucked out on finding an original early 60’s grey suit jacket for $12 at the very first thrift store we looked. The grey was a subtle grainy blend of grey and black threads. The jacket didn’t have matching pants so that became the next thing to find.
The Mad Men Suit Pants: Early 1960’s pants were flat fronted and high on the waist. No pleats! They had slightly tapered legs ending at the ankle which is significantly higher then what men are used to wearing today. Pant legs were straight, no cuffs, and stopped right at the ankle or about 1 inch above the rim of your shoes.
Thrift stores didn’t give me the color of pants I needed to match the suit jacket but my local departmental store, Kohls, did. Since pants do not come in multiple lengths I simply bought a pair that was one to two inches shorter then what Oscar normally wears and the length turned out perfect.
Mad Men Dress Shirt. A basic white button down shirt with pointed collar. These haven’t changed much in many decades except for the cuffs. You may remember Don Draper taking on and off his cuff links a lot in the show. Cuff links were an everyday accessories with mens shirts. Today’s work dress shirts don’t have the proper cuffs and holes for cuff links. You will need to get a french cuff white shirt instead of a modern dress shirt. In a pinch you can just punch some holes in a regular dress shirt but this doesn’t work as well because the shirt cuffs wont hang out beyond the jacket sleeves like they should. Invest in a good french cuff shirt and a nice pair of cuff-links and you’ll feel very sophisticated in them.
Mad Men Tie. I really love 60’s ties. They were so thin and narrow. This fad is slowly coming back but not to the extent that they were in the 60’s. Ties were about 3 inches wide in either solid colors or fun thick stripes. They can be tricky to find but I manged to locate quite a few online and placed them in the 1960’s Mad Men shop.
Mad Men Shoes: Shoes are another item that hasn’t changed much over the last 50 years. A basic pair of black or brown lace up oxfords or slip on loafers will work well. Wing tip oxford is a more decorated style of shoe and equally common for business men.
Mad Men Hat: No mens 1960’s outfit would be complete without a Fedora hat. These hats have been popular since the 1930’s which is why every Mad Men man wears one. Hats usually matched the suit. Brims were wide with 2 inches being the most common.The larger your head the wider the brim should be. Small brims for smaller heads, etc. The one Oscar has is the Jaxon Pinch Crown which is a very nice and affordable Fedora. Shop 1960s mens hats.
And that completes our Don Draper Mad Men outfit. You can make an outfit for yourself by looking for clothing that I have described above from your local thrift stores, department stores, or online stores. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions in the comments sections: